(PAGASA 24-HOUR PUBLIC WEATHER FORECAST as of Monday, 15 July 2024) Intertropical Convergence Zone (ITCZ) affecting Southern Luzon, Visayas, and Mindanao. 𝗙𝗒π—₯π—˜π—–π—”π—¦π—§ π—ͺπ—˜π—”π—§π—›π—˜π—₯ π—–π—’π—‘π——π—œπ—§π—œπ—’π—‘: Butuan City, Agusan del Norte, Agusan del Sur, Dinagat Islands, Surigao del Norte and Surigao del Sur will experience Partly cloudy to cloudy skies with isolated rainshowers or thunderstorms due to ITCZ. Possible flash floods or landslides during severe thunderstorms. 𝗙𝗒π—₯π—˜π—–π—”π—¦π—§ π—ͺπ—œπ—‘π—— 𝗔𝗑𝗗 π—–π—’π—”π—¦π—§π—”π—Ÿ π—ͺπ—”π—§π—˜π—₯ π—–π—’π—‘π——π—œπ—§π—œπ—’π—‘: Light to moderate winds coming from Southwest to Southeast will prevail with slight to moderate seas (0.6 to 2.1 meters).

Friday, August 19, 2016

OSHC Caraga readies upcoming activities

By Jennifer P. Gaitano

BUTUAN CITY, Aug. 19 (PIA) – The Occupational Safety and Health Center (OSHC) Caraga has geared up preparations for their upcoming activities in the region.

According to Engr. Christian Lee Jaguit, Engineer II of OSHC Caraga, they are set to hold the Training on Scaffolding per Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) department order 128-13 on August 20-21, 2016 here.

“On August 25-28, 2016, participants from different provinces will also be participating in the Basic Occupational Safety and Health (BOSH) Training here in Butuan City, as per DOLE department order 16,” added Jaguit.

It was also learned that another training for Fire Safety Practitioners will be held on August 29 to September 2, 2016 in Surigao City.

“We have been very active in conducting trainings to our recipients/clientele to ensure their safety and health when at work. More trainings will be set to cover more workers in the region,” Jaguit highlighted.

Created by virtue of Executive Order No. 307, on November 1987 by then President Corazon C. Aquino, the OSHC is envisioned as the national authority for research and training on matters pertaining to safety and health at work. It provides the expertise and intervention mechanism to improve workplace conditions in the Philippines.

It has a dual mandate of protecting Filipino workers against accidents and illnesses and promoting workers' welfare through effective programs that enhance productivity, workers well-being and afford social protection to its client sector. The center adopts a multisectoral strategy with its partners -- business, workers group, other Government and Non-Governmental Organizations and the Academe to fulfill its mandate. (JPG/PIA-Caraga)

Feature Story: Change is Coming: A clarion drumbeat for promising progress

“Change is coming!” is a sheer yet mighty byword that most ordinary Filipinos thought for the present administration. It brings high hopes towards a path for genuine change – a truism that citizens get what they deserve from choosing the top echelon of leader capable of pursuing the proclaimed political platforms, a herald of promising development.

In less than half a hundred days since president Rodrigo Duterte took his seat in Malacanang and barks out his orders, Rex Torres, a village councilor of Brgy. Patong in the interior municipality of San Miguel, Surigao del Sur expressed his trust in the “DU30’s” more responsive system of governance. According to Torres, the change is truly felt in his community and at the local government unit where he is serving.

Torres shared his personal experience as he recently made a transaction at the Land transportation Office (LTO) in Tandag City. “I am amazed of the drastic change in the delivery of frontline services, from long hours of queuing and waiting for my turn previously to a fast-paced processing of the renewal of license and registration,” enunciated Torres.

Torres attributed the now efficient system, effective processing initiatives and upgraded of human resource performance capability to the affirmative upshots of the Duterte’s directives to government institutions to eradicate red tape and bureaucratic practice of delayed actions.

“This has perfectly matched the implemented electronic and online verification of data among LTO customers. It gives ease on our part which saves money, time and effort,” stressed Torres.

Citing his observations, Torres quipped that the real change that most ordinary citizens had longed before has finally come, and that he is more optimistic about the ultimate success in the implementation of programs and projects under the new administration.

Torres added that he has proven no wrong of placing his trust and confidence to the leadership of Pres. Duterte. Quitting from believing for a substantial and progressive change is not an option for him at all.

Meanwhile, in support to the national government, Surigao del Sur Governor Vicente Pimentel, Jr. also instructed all the department and division heads under his office to expedite the streamlining of its courses of actions and policies in accordance also to the rules for good governance, public accountability and transparency.

For Torres, the verge of transformation is very challenging, but a worthwhile encounter for every Filipino - to savor a dream pursued and a purpose fulfilled for a powerful independent nation. (VLG/NGBT, PIA-Surigao del Sur)

PRO 13 bags awards during the 115th Police Service Anniversary

By PCI Charity S Galvez

BUTUAN CITY, Aug. 19 (PIA) - The Police Regional Office (PRO) 13 received two awards on Wednesday afternoon during the 115th Police Service Anniversary celebration in Camp Crame, Quezon City.

PRO 13 regional director Chief Supt Rolando B. Felix received the award of recognition and PNP unit streamer after PRO 13 had been adjudged with the least number of election related violent incidents during the election period in 2016.

Regional Public Safety Battalion (RPSB) 13 Commander Supt. Chito G. Bersaluna also received the awards for the RPSB 13 after being recognized as the best regional public safety battalion for the year 2015.

President Rodrigo Duterte and PNP Chief Director General Ronald M. Dela Rosa distributed the plaques to exemplary police units and personnel.

“The concerted efforts of the PNP, AFP, community and other stakeholders had resulted in a safer and more peaceful electoral process in Caraga region during the 2016 elections; without the cooperation of everyone, we cannot receive this recognition,” Chief Supt Felix said.

Last July 29, 2016, RPSB 13 was also an awardee during the regional Gawad Kalasag for being declared as champion in two categories: Best Government Emergency Response Management Service and Heroic Act. (PNP-Caraga/PIA-Caraga)

ANHS teachers update students' LRN

By Ederlina R. Jampac

BUTUAN CITY, Aug. 19 (PIA) - Teachers of Agusan National High School (ANHS) here are busy updating a permanent ID number called Learner’s Reference Number or LRN.

The LRN is fed to an online database purposely to track their students from Grade 7 up to the time they graduate from high school or even as they transfer from one school to another.

This nationwide undertaking is pursuant to Department Education Order No. 22 of 2012 to help government measure students’ participation rate. The LRN is a permanent 12-digit number which the student keeps while completing the basic education program, regardless of transfer to another school or learning center in the public or private sector, and promotion/moving up to the secondary level.

The LRN will be used in all documents, forms, examinations, surveys and databases which refer to a student. It will be indicated in the student’s Permanent Record, (Form 137), Report Card (Form 138), Alternative Learning System Certificate, Diploma or Portfolio, National Achievement Test (NAT), and Accreditation and Equivalency (A & E) Examination.

It is the teacher’s responsibility to ensure that the information provided in the database is accurate, to request for issuance of LRN for students who do not have one, and the deactivation of LRN in case a student has multiple LRNs.

Information provided in the database such as student’s name, current section, birth date, gender, address, parents’ name, etc. will be kept confidential. As the student steps up to the next grade level, his or her new teacher updates the student’s database. This is a yearly activity of a teacher who handles an advisory class of 50 students on the average.

For ANHS teachers, they are given up to August 31, 2016 to complete the encoding/updating of the database. (DepEd Butuan City Division/PIA-Agusan del Norte)